Begin your four years as a Ph.D. Student! Carefully understand the expectations of the department and the discipline for your professional development in research and teaching.
Have your second-semester coursework laid out.
Have understood the research interests of each faculty member in the department by talking with them at your own initiative, and as much about their current projects as you can.
Begin to develop the idea of your specific area of research interest.
Begin investigating possible courses for second year for your program of study.
Begin discussing your teaching interests with Graduate Chair and Department Chair and your program committee chair, when you obtain one.
Begin writing notes from your classwork and readings on an integrative review paper to be done summer of year one.
Submit Appointment of the Supervisory Committee form (include Chair, two department faculty, and an outside area member) to Graduate Studies (form available online, submit copy to departmental office prior to submitting to Graduate Studies)
Have area of interest solidified and discussed with program committee chair
Have coursework for second year laid out, partially based on area of interest, submit your Program of Studies to Graduate Studies (form available online, submit copy to departmental office prior to submitting to Graduate Studies)
First draft of first year paper to program committee chair
Begin thinking about second year paper topic
Be talking about second year paper with program chair and any other faculty that are interested in the area.
First year paper completed and turned in on June 1
Consider having a draft of first year paper ready to submit to a conference (see faculty for review and help)
Be doing background research and possibly research design for second year paper